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date: 10 August 2020

pollution, the Greek concept of 

Source:
The Oxford Classical Dictionary
Author(s):
Robert Christopher Towneley ParkerRobert Christopher Towneley Parker

Societies create order by stigmatizing certain disorderly conditions and events and persons as ‘polluting’, that is, by treating them metaphorically as unclean and dangerous. Very roughly, the pollutions generally recognized by the Greeks were birth, death, to a limited degree sexual activity, homicide except in war, and sacrilege; certain diseases, madness above all, were also sometimes viewed in this way, while mythology abounds in instances of extreme pollutions such as incest, parricide, and cannibalism.... ...

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